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What were the aromas of Drury Hill, CT?

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It's been mentioned somewhere on here (I can't find it) but there was one very strong aroma which you couldn't miss in the top half of the hill up to the Middle Pavement junction.

It seems it was most likely from a Tannery which was somewhere in the area, but in the days when it existed I wasn't old enough to recognise such a smell.

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Damp brick and stonework, fusty books and the all pervading aroma of the old leather tanneries and cobblers workshops. I can smell it now!

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Thanks, I wondered if it was a tannery smell. Tanneries are depicted in the immediate area in the City of Caves?.

It's a well-worn cry of Nottingham folk, the loss of this little road - along with the likes of the Black Boy and Victoria Station etc but what a terrible crying shame it was demolished. If only there have been just a little foresight at the time. What could have been.

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I finally found where I read about the smell of leather, and it was in a Douglas Whitworth book where he attributes it to a leather goods shop.

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Funny how I remember Beecrofts but I don't really remember Drury Hill. I must have been down Drury Hill to have been in Beecrofts. Guess at the age I was then I would have been more interested in what I came out of Beecrofts with rather than where the shop was!

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The most amazing fact about Drury Hill, in my opinion, was that it was never a one-way street. With the blind bend in its middle I always wondered how many cars met each other half way up/down, and who gave way. (probably somewhere to reverse into).

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I think reversing a horse and cart or a pony and trap would have been fun to watch.

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#193, I think most of us used these roads and alleyways with out even thinking about it at the time. All of the places that are no longer with us were just part of going to town (City) Town, being the word we used?

The history and importance probably not even appreciated by many of us at that time. Once again the saying "You don't appreciate it until it's gone!"

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I used to live at Clifton and my first job was at Walker, Walton and Hanson estate agents on Byard Lane. So my bus from home would come into Broad Marsh (the old, open Broad Marsh bus station) and I'd trudge up Drury Hill to work every morning and back down at night. Yes, 50 years on the smell I can remember. The leather shop on the left going down the hill, near the little turning space mentioned above was some of it, the old book shop as well.

Nottingham missed an opportunity to rival The Shambles in York. Bloody vandals.

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Kev, you can do the buildings and the backdrop for my model railway if you like..... Whenever I make a start ! LOL

St Albans Rd, can you manage that?

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Apparently there was a rather smelly zinc plating business on Drury Hill and it's mentioned in a previous thread here... #214-5

http://nottstalgia.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=2890&page=11

That is certainly the smell I remember near the top on the right,also I have been known to drive the gas board mini down the hill without having to steer,fair dinkum but I was young....

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I have been known to drive the gas board mini down the hill without having to steer,fair dinkum but I was young....

Definitely a Mini-sized road.

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...and when you get to the top, a timber framed restaurant called Severn's which was relocated onto Castle gate when Broadmarsh started. I once ate there, shortly before it closed, so I make that about 52 - 53 years ago.

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Stu, reading you comments about Drury Hill brings to mind a building in Newcastle called Handyside Arcade, a lovely Victorian arcade of iron and glass. Remember all the sights and sounds we had mod shops/antique shops/hippie shops a fabulous mix of new and old. Sadly all pulled down in the name of progress if it had been left what a wonderful place it could have been a glimpse of our past to show the next generation what could have been.

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A lost treasure as we think of it now but at the time it was a slum

 

Rog

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Pity it was swept away, as it could have been developed into something resembling The Shambles in York. 

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